Hexbugs are fun little nano robots that are relatively inexpensive on their own. However, the habitats and tracks designed for the hexbugs are not as inexpensive. They can be pretty pricey. Using materials you already own makes them more cost effective. Plus designing your own hexbug mazes and habitats is an awesome STEM activity. Affiliate links are included in this post.
Hexbug Mazes and Habitat Ideas
For each of these ideas, you’ll need HEXBUG Nano (affiliate link to a 5-pack) and various building supplies. What else could you use to build a hexbug maze?
Build a hexbug maze with craft sticks. Check out our design.
A hexbug track with cardboard tubes was another super fun idea we had. It was easy to assemble. Be sure to watch the video of the hexbugs in action.
Buggy and Buddy made a hexbug maze using straws. Some the kids made a battle arena. How cool is that?
Buggy and Buddy has a few more suggestions for building hexbug mazes and structures. See how they use Magna-Tiles, long cardboard tubes, and DUPLO in the classroom and at home.
Build a hexbug track with LEGO. LEGO are great for so many building projects. See how Frugal Fun for Boys designed their super cool track.
Little Bins for Little Hands also created hexbug habitats with LEGO. You can get really creative with these!
JDaniel4’s Mom created a hexbug rainbow LEGO track. Simple and fun!
Use cardboard boxes to make a hexbug track like I Am Momma Hear Me Roar.
Make a hexbug maze with play dough. In the Playroom has tips and suggestions for letting your imagination soar.
Inspired by our own cardboard tube track, The Maker Kid designed a hexbug track out of household materials and craft supplies. I especially love the use of ramps and a bridge.
Build two tracks and have hexbug races like No Time for Flashcards.
Even More Hexbug Projects to Try
Use a hexbug to make your own LED robot toy.
It’s also easy to make moving ninjas and minions using hexbugs. Science Sparks has the details.
LalyMom uses hexbugs to explore quicksand with a super cool sink or float density experiment. (I wonder if using the hexbug aquabots would work for this, too.)
Try painting with hexbugs with this idea from Craftulate.
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